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Dale Sveum keeps Rudy Jaramillo on Cubs’ staff

Updated: December 22, 2011 8:15AM



Cubs manager Dale Sveum has made some of his first staff decisions, including retaining well-regarded hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, one of the top-paid coaches in the game. He’s under contract through 2012.

The two other coaches under contract through next year — bullpen coach Lester Strode and bench coach Pat Listach — also are expected to be asked back.

Sources said first-base coach Bob Dernier and third-base coach Ivan DeJesus were informed they won’t be back. Pitching coach Mark Riggins spoke with Sveum over the weekend, according to a source, and was expected to talk again soon.

‘‘Obviously, I’m happy to be back,’’ Jaramillo said. ‘‘I’m ready to get going.’’



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